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Old 04-02-2011, 03:15 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Decided to put the mustache straight on fer now until I see how much difference/damage it can take. I have it screwed on with 4 screws up front and 2 in the back. It will probably rip off it it takes a big hit since my full belly pan will keep it from moving back.

Clearance is 6˝" (bed unloaded) from the ground to the bottom of the mustache.

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Old 04-04-2011, 03:10 PM   #32 (permalink)
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maybe i missed the results, but have you seen any consistent returns/losses in economy over the last couple weeks?
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:18 PM   #33 (permalink)
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maybe i missed the results, but have you seen any consistent returns/losses in economy over the last couple weeks?
The only return on the pool noodle version was just the one tank when I left Houston. The garden edging on the return trip back to Houston was most likely being pushed back some while at speed. I took it off after I got home and haven't been running with anything lower than my dropped air dam.

The one I just put on this weekend lasted only about one trip today before it got ripped off from the airflow.

Guess I'll be looking at expanding foam next...and maybe one of those Tegris NASCAR splitters to attach it to!
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:35 PM   #34 (permalink)
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On my old Mirrage I made an air dam by cutting the top half curved part off of a nissan sentra bumper that I had in the garage. It was to wide so I cut the center section out to narrow it and filled the center gap with a piece of plastic roll up sled so I would have something soft to let take the impact from unexpected road debris. I flipped it over so the part that curved towards the headlights and grill when on the sentra was now curved under the car.

I mounted it using doubled up strips of plumbing strap. This made it very ridgid but it could also shift back with out breaking it if I did hit something.

This gave my car about 2 inches of clearance in the front and gave me a very solid air dam.

another OEM bumper cut up to add to the bottom may give you the rigidity you need.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:35 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Found my 2nd noodle sitting in the ditch yesterday. It's pretty beat up and split right where the Coroplast and hot glue used to be.

On the bright side...I found a 4'x4' construction sign...it's made from 10mm Coroplast!
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:59 AM   #36 (permalink)
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There are some pool noodles that are made with a big enough inner diameter for a regular noodle to fit inside. They're bigger of course but also a lot softer so less likely to get pulled off
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:57 AM   #37 (permalink)
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this is what a lot of trucks i see around here use... two small banners in front of the tires... these are somewhat pushed back by the air resistance, but don't really fold under. i think the trick is to find something sturdy enough not to deform to much under wind resistance, but that will cleanly fold under when it hits something solid and than flex back to where it was
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:17 AM   #38 (permalink)
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On my trip back home today...I ran over a deer carcass in the road and took some major damage to the air dam. Luckily I had screws to temporally fix the damage and didn't lose any parts in the exchange of energy.

The full belly pan held up well and didn't bend anything. My wood support piece did break like it was supposed to but didn't separate from the Coroplast.

I think I'm gonna need an alignment when I git back home though...
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:43 AM   #39 (permalink)
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On one hand that's a bummer, but it also sounds like a "robust failure". The system bent but did not break (too much).

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Farm suppliers sell rubber belting for round balers that it very durable and might be about the right weight/ strength for air dams.

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